1961: As one of baseball's first expansion teams in 60 years just getting ready for their 1st season was a problem for the Los Angeles sports betting Angels. Originally it had been planned that they be among 4 teams to begin play in 1962. However, a deal allowing relocation to Minnesota for Senators owner Calvin Griffith, forced the sports betting Angels to get ready without a home field. The plan was for the sports betting Angels to share Dodger Stadium until a permanent home could be found, but the Stadium at Chavez Ravine would not be ready for another year so the sports betting Angels had to use a minor league stadium that was used by the Pacific Coast League's Hollywood Stars. The stadium they were set to play in was called Wrigley Field, since it was a smaller but almost exact duplicate of the famous stadium in Chicago. In fact this stadium was the shooting location for several famous baseball movies including "Pride of the Yankee", as well as the 1958 TV show "Home Run Derby", which saw the era's best hitters slugging it out for money every week. AL baseball in California was all set to begin as the sports betting Angels took the field for their first game ever on April 11th. Gene Autry who made a name of himself, as "The Singing Cowboy" in westerns owned the expansion team. When Autry's sports betting Angels took the field that 1st day in Baltimore with a mixture of unproven rookies and veteran castoffs in the very 1st Inning Ted Kluszewski connected for a 2-run homer to give the Halos an early lead. Big Klu would hit another 2-run homer later in the game as the sports betting Angels won their first game 7-2. Despite the promising start the sports betting Angels would never be a factor in the pennant race. However, with their 71-91 record remains the best finish for an expansion team's first year.
1962: Sharing the brand new Dodger Stadium with their cross-town rivals, the sports betting Angels with virtually the same team as the year before surprised everyone by challenging the New York Yankees for the pennant for most of the season. There was magic all year at the stadium called Chavez Ravine during sports betting Angels home games, which was highlighted on May 5th when came when colorful Lefty Bo Belinsky No hit the Baltimore Orioles. Eventually the sports betting Angels would fade and finish in 3rd with an 86-76 record.
1963: The sports betting Angels came back to earth in their 3rd season finishing in 9th place with a disappointing 70-91 record.
1964: The sports betting Angels rebounded of their poor season, as pitcher Dean Chance emerged out of nowhere to dominate the American League. Chance would only get off to a 5-5 start, but one look at his 2.13 ERA would show it was due to lack of run support. Chance would only get stronger finishing the season with a 20-9 record and a microscopic 1.65 ERA. Chance would lift his team to finish over .500 with an 82-80 5th place record. After the season Dean Chance at 23 years old, became the youngest player at that time to win the Cy Young, which was still only awarded to one pitcher from all of baseball.
1965: Trying to forge their own identity the sports betting Angels drop Los Angles from their name, and become the California sports betting Angels, as work begins on a new stadium in nearby Anaheim. The California sports betting Angels would go on to finish in 7th Place with a75-87 record.
1966: Sharing a city with Dodgers was problematic alone but sharing a Stadium with the premier team in baseball at that time was too much to bear for the sports betting Angels. So a stadium was built for the Angles in the nearby community of Anaheim located in the heart of Orange County. The sports betting Angels would finish their first season in Anaheim with a 7th place 80-82 record, but the move paid off as attendance improved from 566,727 to 1,400,321.
1967: In just it's 2nd season Anaheim Stadium would play host to the longest game in All-Star history. The National League would eventually win the game 2-1 on Tony Perez 15th Inning double. There was also excitement for the sports betting Angels, as the team was involved in one of the tightest pennant races in baseball history, before finishing in 5th Place with an 84-77 record that was only 8 games out of the top spot.
1968: The sports betting Angels struggle form the start and narrowly avoid finishing in last place with a miserable 67-95 record.
1969: Original Manager Bill Rigney is fired in 9th season as the sports betting Angels get off to a miserable start losing 28 of their first 39 games. Under his replacement Lefty Phillips the sports betting Angels would play nearly .500 as they finished in 3rd place with a 71-91 record.
1970: After two miserable 90-loss seasons the sports betting Angels rebounded to an 86-76 record good enough for 3rd Place in the Western Division. Pacing the team was OF Alex Johnson who the sports betting Angels had acquired in the off-season from the Cincinnati Reds. Johnson would have a career best season batting .329 good enough for the batting title.
1971: After a disappointing 76-86 season the sports betting Angels stunned their fans by trading away one of their first true stars Jim Fregosi to the New York Mets. In return the sports betting Angels received a hard throwing right handed pitcher that was plagued with wildness. Eventually pitching coach Jimmie Reese would help smooth out the rough edges and Nolan Ryan would become one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history, as the trade would go down as one of the most lob-sided in baseball history.
1972: Under new Manager Del Rice the sports betting Angels continue to struggle finishing in 5th place with a record of 75-80. Rice would be replaced following the season by Bobby Winkles.
1973: In one of the most dominating season in baseball history Nolan Ryan had batters shaking their heads all year unable to hit the heat he served up on every start. Nolan would strike out an incredible 383 batters on the season establishing a new record. Highlighting Nolan's season was his first no hitter in Kansas City on May 15th. Nolan would later duplicate the feat exactly 2 months later in Detroit. In the Detroit No Hitter Nolan would strike out 17 Tigers just one short of the old AL record held by Bob Feller. In a taste of comic relief Tigers 1B Norm Cash would approach the plate with a wooden table leg, the umpires noticed and made him change, but it did not matter what he used Nolan was just un-hittable. He would go on to finish with a 21-16 record and a 2.87 ERA. With his record hurt by a poor hitting sports betting Angels' team, that finished in 4th place with a 79-83 record. However, Nolan loses out to Jim Palmer in voting for the Cy Young.
1974: The Nolan Express kept riding hard despite the sports betting Angels having a dreadful last place 68-94 season. Nolan would again strike out well over 300 batters, and would win 22 games despite shabby run support. The highlight for the sports betting Angels would come on September 28th when Nolan Ryan threw his 3rd career no hitter in his final start of the season against the Minnesota Twins in front of a small crowd at Anaheim Stadium.
1975: With the sports betting Angels finishing in last again with a record of 72-89, Nolan Ryan starts become the only thing for sports betting Angels fans to look forward to. On June 1st at Anaheim Stadium Nolan would make magic again, as he no hit the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 1-0 it would be Nolan's 4th No-No in 3 years and would tie him with Sandy Koufax for the most all-time.
1976: Manager Dick Williams is fired in the middle of the team's 6th straight losing season as the team finishes strong under his replacement Norm Sherry but still post a poor record of 76-86.
1977: The sports betting Angels continue to struggle as they post their 7th straight losing season while finishing in 5th place with a record of 74-88.
1978: Even with Nolan Ryan struggling most of the season, the sports betting Angels manage to contend for the Western Division title. The sports betting Angels would struggle early but after hiring Jim Fregosi as the new manger the team managed to finally play some good ball. However they could not manage to catch the Kansas City Royals, and would wind up 5 games back with an 87-75 record. Unfortunately the positive season would have a gray cloud over it as OF Lyman Bostock was murdered by his wife's ex-husband.
1979: With the acquisition of Rod Carew the sports betting Angels hoped that they could finally get over the hump and into the post season. The move would pay off as AL MVP Don Baylor led the AL with 139 RBI, and helped lead the sports betting Angels to an 88-74 record, which was good enough to beat the Kansas City Royals out by 3 games. On the mound Dave Frost and Nolan Ryan who each won 16 games led the Halos. In the ALCS the sports betting Angels would face the powerful Baltimore Orioles. In Game 1 the Halos would hold their won with Nolan Ryan on the mound, as the game would go to extra innings before John Lowenstein won the game for the Orioles with a 3-run homer. In Game 2 the Orioles would smack Dave Frost around to take an early 9-1 lead. However there was no quit in these sports betting Angels, and would score 7 runs in the last 4 innings to fall just 1 run short. Despite the valiant effort the sports betting Angels were on the brink down 2-0 with series heading to Anaheim. The Orioles would lead the sports betting Angels 3-2 in the 9th but Larry Harlow drove in the tying and winning runs with a double to avert the sweep. However, the sports betting Angels would not be able to repeat the magic the next day as Baltimore closed them out 8-0 to advance to the World Series.
1980: Hurt by the loss of Nolan Ryan to free agency, and an injury-plagued season from reining MVP Don Baylor the sports betting Angels finish with an awful 66-95 record, finishing in 6th place.
1981: In a season cut in half by a strike the sports betting Angels are barely over .500 on June 15th when the strike hits. They would not do any better after the strike finishing the 2nd half in last place with a 20-30 record, and posting an overall record of 51-59.
1982: Thought to be washed up after a poor season, Reggie Jackson was allowed to sign elsewhere by the New York Yankees. He would sign with the sports betting Angels and would go on to prove he had a lot left as he led the AL with 39 HR. The signing of Reggie had helped revitalize the sports betting Angels who were back in contention again after 2 poor seasons. In a tight 3-way race with Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, the sports betting Angels traded for Tommy John, and it would pay off as he would win 4 games down the stretch to help the sports betting Angels win a franchise best 93 games en-route to their 2nd division title. In the ALCS the sports betting Angels would face the Milwaukee Brewers who had a powerful lineup. In Game 1 all the power was with Halos as Don Baylor drove in 5 runs for the 8-3 win. The sports betting Angels would win again in Game 2 to take a commanding 2-0 lead to Milwaukee. However the Brewers bats would take over in the next 2 games to force a 5th and deciding game. In Game 5 the sports betting Angels would take a 3-2 lead to the bottom of the 7th. However, the lead would slip away as Cecil Cooper drove in the tying and wining runs. Not even the presence of Mr. October could help the Halos get back in the game as the sports betting Angels became the first team to blow a 2-0 in a LCS.
1983: With Reggie Jackson batting a meager .194 the sports betting Angels fall out of the race early and follow up their 2nd Division title the same way they did their first by losing more then 90 games, at 70-92. The sole highlight for the sports betting Angels comes in the All-Star Game when Fred Lynn wins the game's MVP by becoming the first player ever to hit a Grand Slam in the mid-summer classic.
1984: Despite threading around .500 all year the sports betting Angels would contend for the Western Division until the end of the season. While the chase of the Division was on, Anaheim became the center of attention on the milestone watch as Reggie Jackson approached his 500th Career HR. Reggie and the sports betting Angels would enter a key series with the Royals in mid-September needing 1 for 500, and 1 game out in the standings. On September 17th Reggie would connect for his milestone ironically 17 years to the date after he hit the first of his career. However, the HR was just 1 run and the Kansas City Royals would go on to win the game 10-1, and pull away with division title. Despite finishing 2nd, the Halos would still manage to make new on the final day of the season. Mike Witt entered the final game of the season in Texas with one goal in mind win, to have the sports betting Angels finished at the .500 mark. Witt would more then surpass his goal by pitching a perfect game, and giving sports betting Angels' fans something to look forward to next season.
1985: For the 2nd season in a row sports betting Angels fans got to see one of their fan favorites eclipse a career milestone. This time it was Rod Carew whose sweet swing helped turn the sports betting Angels into true contenders for the first time 6 years earlier. As Carew approached the 3,000 hit mark it almost seemed appropriate the sports betting Angels would be facing his old team the Minnesota Twins as he closed in on the mark. The date would be August 4th and as he had done many time before he used his smooth swing to get the ball up the middle of his old team. The hit came on the very same day that Tom Seaver reached 300 wins and would be forever known as Milestone Sunday. The sports betting Angels fared pretty well themselves contending for the division title all season until losing out on the final day with a solid 90-72 record.
1986: For the 3rd year in a row an Angel made history in front of the home fans of Anaheim. This time it was Don Sutton who earned his 300th career win, with a 5-1 complete game against the Texas Rangers. Sutton would go on to win 15 games that season and be a vital piece in the sports betting Angels run for a title. One of the biggest stories on the Halos that year was the play of rookie 1B Wally Joyner who had the over whelming burden of replacing Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who had retired in the off-season, Joyner more then pulled his weight by driving 100 runs. In doing so Joyner became an instant fan favorite as fans routinely went to games holding up sings that read "Wally World." The sports betting Angels would go on to post a 92-70 record and take the division by 5 games over the Rangers. In the ALCS the sports betting Angels faced the Boston Red Sox, the story of the series would focus on the manager sports betting Angels Gene Mauch, and Boston's John MacNamara who were trying to put years of frustration aside, and advance to the World Series. The Halos would get off to a fast start by blasting Roger Clemens in the 1st game in Boston. The Sox would recover to even the series the next day, and the series moved to Anaheim tied at a game apiece. After taking Game 3, the Halos found themselves dominated by Roger Clemens all day in Game 4. However in the 9th inning the Rocket ran out o and the sports betting Angels would score 3 runs to tie the game and advance to extra innings where Bobby Grich's 11th Inning HR gave the sports betting Angels a 3-1 series lead. In Game 5 in front of a crowd relay to party Bobby Grich was the hero again fro the moment when his HR in and out of the glove of Red Sox CF Dave Henderson gave the Halos a 5-2 lead. The lead would hold into the 9th when starter Mike Witt tired with 2 outs. Mauch would then bring in ace closer Donnie Moore to get the final out to catapult the team on to the World Series. Moore faced the same Dave Henderson who was looking like the goat after Bobby Grich's HR. The Sox had 2 on and 1 run in, and with 2 strikes and all of Anaheim anticipating the final out Henderson lifted a ball over the CF fence to give the Sox a 6-5 lead. The sports betting Angels would bounce back to tie, but and already shell shocked Moore would give up another run in the 11th that would win the game for the Sox and send the series back to Boston where the Red Sox beat the sports betting Angels in 2 blow outs to advance to the World Series.
1987: Hurt by the loss of key players to retirement, and free agency along with the painful hangover of the ALCS collapse the sports betting Angels fell into a tie for 6th with a woeful 75-87 record in what would prove to be Gene Mauch's last season as manger.
1988: After a solid start under Manager Cookie Rojas the sports betting Angels would fade in the second half falling into 4th place when Rojas is fired with a week to go. Under his replacement Moose Stubbing the sports betting Angels would not win any of their remaining 8 games posting a final record of 75-87.
1987-1989: The pain of the ALCS collapse in 1986 was even worse on the player most responsible for it Donnie Moore. Moore would return with the sports betting Angels in 1987 and became the target of scorn and boos from the Angel fans that had blamed him for the team losing the series. Moore would go on to play only 2 more season with Halos, and along the way he would only save 9 games in 41 relief appearances, while battling injuries that some speculated were not real. Moore's injury turned out to be real as he needed back surgery, however following the 1988 season Moore was still let go by the sports betting Angels. After being unable to hook on with any other team in Spring Training during 1989 Moore sank deeper into his despair, he would only receive offers to pitch in the minors as the 89-season advance towards the All-Star break. At the same time Moore's marriage began to fall apart Moore just could not live with the pain any more. On July 18, 1989 Moore shot his wife, and then turned the gun on himself. Donnie Moore's wife would survive the gunshot but he would die instantly. Many players have been goats in dramatic moments in baseball history; a fact still remains true for every hero there is usually a goat. The thought of being a goat was too much for Donnie Moore to bear, and it would be a tragic footnote to the California sports betting Angels heartbreaking ALCS.
1989: Overcoming adversity was another story for a rookie pitcher Jim Abbott. Abbott was born with just one hand, and would be fighting the odds his entire life. Over the years Abbot would have to contort himself after delivering a pitch just to field the ball or get the ball from the catcher. It would be too much for the average man but Abbott was not average and would star at Michigan before helping the US win gold during the 1988 Olympics. Abbott who was previously the sports betting Angels top draft pick had impressed the team so much in Spring training that he was brought up to the Majors with out ever playing a game in the minors. He would go onto win 12 games that first season, and would go on to have a solid 10-year career. The sports betting Angels would go on to finish the season with a solid 91-71 record good enough for 3rd Place.
1990: Prior to the season the sports betting Angels bolstered their pitching staff by signing high priced lefty free agent Mark Langston. Langston would get off to an impressive start by throwing 7 innings in a combined no hitter for his first start with the sports betting Angels. However, the signing would not work out as the sports betting Angels planned and the team struggled to finish in 4th Place with an 80-82 record.
1991: The sports betting Angels would struggle with mediocrity again, and would go on to finish in last place. However at 81-81 the sports betting Angels became the first team to finish in the cellar with a .500 or better record.
1992: After a game in New York the sports betting Angels got on a few buses on the way to Baltimore. However, it would not be a routine trip and when the driver dozed while driving on the New Jersey Turnpike the bus would crash into a tree on the side of the road. Fortunately none of the players sustained serious injuries. However the same could not be said for manager Buck Rodgers who would go on to miss 89 games resulting from internal injuries caused by the crash. With John Wathan filling in as manger the sports betting Angels would go on to finish in 5th place with a 72-90.
1993: The sports betting Angels continued to struggle, finishing in 5th place while posting a 71-91 record. However, there were some bright spots as OF Tim Salmon made a spectacular debut with 31 homers and 95 RBI to take home Rookie of the Year honors.
1994: Despite sitting in last place with an awful record of 47-68 on August 12th the sports betting Angels were with in 5 and half games of first place in an extremely week AL West when the season ended prematurely due to a strike.
1995: After 3 miserable seasons, the sports betting Angels were the surprise of baseball leading the Western Division through much of the season. As July turned into August the sports betting Angels were the hottest team in baseball and were pulling away for the rest of the competition in the West. Adding to the excitement was the re-acquisition of Jim Abbott who was traded away 3 years earlier. Fans of the sports betting Angels began preparing for the playoffs as even if they were some how caught for the division at least they would have the Wild Card to fall back on. A funny thing happened in the final 2 months first Ken Griffey Jr. returned form the Disabled list and the Seattle Mariners who were 13 games out caught fire and began chagrin their way to the sports betting Angels. Meanwhile the New York Yankees began to put it together and began to put the sports betting Angels wild card insurance in doubt. With the Halos losing key series to the Mariners it had twice the negative effect since each loss allowed the Yankees to get closer for the Wild Card. As the season entered its final week it became a battle of 3 teams for 2 spots, and with sports betting Angels struggling suddenly fans were not so confident. With the Yankees sweeping their final series of the season suddenly the Wild Card was out of the equation, as the sports betting Angels and Mariners ended in a flat-footed tie a 1-game playoff with a 78-66 record for the division title. Unfortunately for the sports betting Angels the game was likely lost when a coin flip determined the game to be played in Seattle. Making matters even worse was the sports betting Angels had to face Cy Young winner Randy Johnson, who blanked the Halos 8-0 to give the M's their first division title, and extend the sports betting Angels legacy of losing the big game.
1996: The sports betting Angels would not bother teasing their fans; instead they just returned to their losing ways finishing in last place with an awful 70-91 record.
1997: Change was in the air for the sports betting Angels, as 90-year old Gene Autry who owned the sports betting Angels form the beginning sold part of the team to Disney, who gave the sports betting Angels a new look, and re-dubbed the team the Anaheim Angles. Disney also helped pay for renovations to the sports betting Angels old ballpark, which insured Anaheim would have the sports betting Angels to cheer for years to come. The move helped to inspire the sports betting Angels who rebounded form a wretched season to finish just 6 behind the division champion Seattle Mariners with an 84-78 record.
1998: The sports betting Angels entered the season with renewed expectations entering a newly renovated Anaheim Stadium now known as Edison International Field. The old stadium was redone so completely it did not even look like the same. With the NFL's Rams departing for St. Louis the sports betting Angels had the stadium for themselves and chose to make it a more cozy baseball only stadium like the new ones that were being built through out all of baseball. The sports betting Angels even would hold a grand reopening, complete with all the ceremonies of a new ballpark, including Gene Autry who was brought in with an old fashioned Stage Coach. Players and coaches from both the sports betting Angels and New York Yankees gathered around the 91-year-old living legend. In the game itself the sports betting Angels would beat the powerful Yankees 4-1. It would not be the last time the sports betting Angels would beat the Yankees that season. In fact while the Yankees were setting a new AL record for wins the Halos would give the Bronx Bombers fits and would be the only team that would beat them for the season series. With this the sports betting Angels were a factor all season for the Western Title losing by just 3 games to the Texas Rangers, with an 85-77 record. Had the sports betting Angels been able to win they would have faced the Yanks in the division series. Sadly after the season Gene Autry rode off into the sunset for good after he lost his battle with lymphoma.
1999: With the free agent acquisition of Mo Vaughn sports betting Angels fans were optimistic that their team could get back into the posit-season. However in the very first game of the season Mo fell down the dugout steps catching a foul ball, and injured his ankle. A few days later the sports betting Angels installed railings on the dugout but it was too late. Vaughn played through pain most of the season, as the sports betting Angels finished in last place with a disappointing 70-92 record.
2000: In a break out season, 3B Troy Glaus becomes the first Angel ever to win the HR crown by slamming 47 dingers. Also having a break out season is OF Darin Erstad who led the Majors with 240 hits. The two would combine the carry the sports betting Angels back to respectability with an 82-80 record good enough for 3rd Place.
2001: With Mo Vaughn missing the entire season due to an arm injury, and Darin Erstad struggling all season, the sports betting Angels suffered all season. However the sports betting Angels pitching kept them in the Wild Card race for most of the season before the sports betting Angels faded in the final 6 weeks to finish with a disappointing 75-87 record. Following the season Mo Vaughn was traded to the New York Mets ending his disappointing 3-year run in Anaheim.
2002: The sports betting Angels entered the season with a new look bringing back their famed halo logo, with a bright red color scheme. However, the sports betting Angels would start the season on the wrong foot getting off to a franchise worse 6-14 start. However, as April wound down the sports betting Angels would begin a remarkable rally as diminutive SS David Eckstein hit Grand Slams in back to back games over the Toronto Blue Jays. It would be the start of magical run as the sports betting Angels won 21 of 24 games to get in the thick of the race for first place. Along the way the sports betting Angels had a habit of late innings rallies as sports betting Angels fans got Monkey Fever, as a tiny Monkey led the charge on the Edison Field scoreboard holding signs and jumping up and down with every sports betting Angels hit, and run in the late innings. In a tight 3-way race for the AL West and Wild Card the sports betting Angels would finish with a franchise best 99-63 record, missing out on the Western Division, but capturing the Wild Card. In the playoffs for the first time in 16 years the sports betting Angels would face the New York Yankees who had played in 5 of the last 6 World Series winning 4. The sports betting Angels would get off to shaky start losing as they blew an 8th Inning lead in Game 1. After making an 8th Inning comeback of their own in Game 2 the sports betting Angels found themselves down 6-1 early in Game 3 at Anaheim. However, monkey magic would come and stun the Yankees as the sports betting Angels rallied to win the 9-6. Keying the comeback was 20-year old pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, who won got the win for the 2nd straight game shutting down the Yankees while striking out 4 in just 2 innings of work. The following day the sports betting Angels would erupt for 8 runs in the 5th Inning to stun the Yankees in 4 games. Facing the Minnesota Twins in the ALCS the sports betting Angels found themselves in a hole after losing Game 1 pitchers duel. The sports betting Angels would rebound once again to take Game 2 as Francisco Rodriguez helped preserve a 6-3 lead. Game 3 would be another pitchers duel as Rodriguez who only had 5 career appearances won his 3rd postseason game earning the new nickname K-Rod. The sports betting Angels would grab a 3-1 series lead after blowing open a scoreless tie with 7 runs in 2 innings. The sports betting Angels would go on to close out the Twins in Game 5 as Adam Kennedy, who had 7 HR in the regular season had a surprising power surge hitting 3 HR in Game 5 as the sports betting Angels erupted for 10 runs in the 7th Inning to advance to their first World Series in franchise history with a 13-5 win. Meanwhile, Rodriguez got his 4th postseason win.
2002: Facing the San Francisco Giants in the World Series the sports betting Angels would once again drop Game 1, losing 4-3 at Edison Field. However, once again the sports betting Angels would rebound to take Game 2, as Tim Salmon's 2-run HR in the 8th Inning gave the sports betting Angels an 11-10 win, as Francisco Rodriguez got his 5th win in the postseason pitching 3 perfect innings. After taking Game 3 in San Francisco, the sports betting Angels found themselves with their back to the wall as the Giants solved K-Rod in Game 4, and captured Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead back to Anaheim. In Game 6 things would get bleaker as the sports betting Angels trailed 5-0 in the 7th Inning. However, led by Rally Monkey the sports betting Angels would not give up as Scott Spiezio hit a 3-run HR in the 7th to get the sports betting Angels back in the game. In the 8th Darin Erstad would get the sports betting Angels with in 1 with a leadoff HR. World Series MVP Troy Glaus would go on to cap the rally with a 2-run double that gave the sports betting Angels a 6-5 win to force Game 7. The would be no need for a rally in Game 7 as the sports betting Angels shutdown the Giants 4-1 to capture their first ever World Championship.
2003: Coming off their improbable World Championship the sports betting Angels learned quickly how hard life at the top could be as several key players including Troy Glaus were bitten by the injury bug as the sports betting Angels hovered around .500 most of the season. However despite the struggles the sports betting Angels would make history as the Disney Cooperation sold them to Arte Moreno for $184 Million, making the team the first in professional sports to have Hispanic Ownership. As the season wore on it was clear the sports betting Angels were not going to return to the playoffs as they fell below .500 at the end of July on the way to finishing in 3rd Place with a disappointing record of 77-85. With hopes of rebounding the sports betting Angels would be active in the Free Agency Market following the season signing pitcher Bartolo Colon and Vladimir Guerrero.
2004: The acquisition of Vladimir Guerrero would pay off right away as the sports betting Angels new superstar helped the team get off to a solid start 29-15 start. However injuries would weigh heavily on the Halos as Garrett Anderson, Troy Glaus, Bengie Molina, and Tim Salmon all spent lengthy periods on the Disabled List. However, as the season wore on the sports betting Angels remained in a 3-team race for the AL Western Division Title, thanks to an offense that hit an AL best .282. Down the stretch the sports betting Angels were in trouble of falling apart when an ugly incident between Jose Guillen and Manager Mike Scioscia led to the sports betting Angels second best offensive player being benched for the remainder of the season. However, instead of missing the 101 RBI out put of Guillen, Vladimir Guerrero stepped up and carried the team in the 10 days of the season. Facing their Western combatants the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers the sports betting Angels won 7 of 10 with Guerrero hitting 6 big home runs as the sports betting Angels won their first Division Title in 18 years with a record of 92-70. The final week surge would also catapult Vladimir Guerrero to AL MVP honors with 39 homers, 126 RBI and a .337 average. However in the ALDS the sports betting Angels bats were silenced as the Boston Red Sox 1-2 duo of Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez shut down the sports betting Angels in the first 2 games in Anaheim to take a 2-0 series lead. As the series shifted to Boston the sports betting Angels bats came alive as Guerrero hit a game tying Grand Slam in the 7th inning. However it was too little too late as David Ortiz homered in the 10th inning to give the Red Sox an 8-6 win to complete the 3-game sweep. Following the season their would be many changes as Troy Glaus and Troy Percival both left for big Free Agent money elsewhere, as Jose Guillen was traded to the Washington Nationals.
2005: Coming off their AL Western Championship the sports betting Angels decided to attract a broader fan base by changing their name to the Los Angeles sports betting Angels of Anaheim. The City of Anaheim was not amused and filed suit to prevent the name change but a judge ruled the sports betting Angels could use the name Los Angeles even though they played in Anaheim. The sports betting Angels had previously been known as the Los Angeles sports betting Angels from 1961-1964, at a time when the Dodgers dominated. Since the sports betting Angels had become Champions and with players like Vladimir Guerrero, the belief was now that they could compete equally with the Dodgers, who were also not happy with the name change. Coming off a AL West Championship the sports betting Angels had their struggles in April posting a 13-11 record, but as May began the sports betting Angels started to get hot winning their first 5 games on the way to back to back 17-win months, as they battled the Oakland Athletics again for Western Supremacy. As September began the sports betting Angels found themselves 1 game back, as they were facing the A's in the finale of a 3-game series after having split the first 2 games, thanks to Rookie Ervin Santana who pitched a 3-0 shut out the sports betting Angels were able to land in a tie at 75-58. Santana would win 4 games in September as the Angles again finished strong winning 14 of their last 16 games to win the division by 7 games with a 95-67 record. While Santana was magical in the final month Bartolo Colon was magical all year posting a 21-8 record to win the Cy Young. While the offense was led once again by Vladimir Guerrero who hit 32 homers with 108 RBI and a .317 average in a solid follow up to his previous MVP season. In the playoffs the sports betting Angels were matched up with the New York Yankees, when trouble struck right away in Game 1 as they lost 4-2, while Bartolo Colon was lost for the rest of the playoffs with a shoulder injury. Facing an 0-2 hole again the sports betting Angels would bounce back to win Game 2 behind solid relief pitching led by Kelvim Escobar 5-3. As the series shifted to the Bronx on a cold rainy night the sports betting Angels pounded out 19 hits while knocking out Randy Johnson after just 3 innings on the way to an 11-7 win to take a 2-1 series lead. After Game 4 was initially rained out the sports betting Angels were suddenly facing a bizarre situation after the Yankees even the series with a 3-2 win, as the series went back to Anaheim for Game 5 just 24 hours later. With rookie Ervin Santana on the mound the Yanks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd Inning. However in the bottom of the inning the sports betting Angels scored 3 runs thanks to a 2-out triple by Adam Kennedy. The sports betting Angels would build a 5-2 lead as they frustrated the Yankees the rest of the night on the way to a 5-3 win to advance to the ALCS. However, there was no time to celebrate as the sports betting Angels had to go to Chicago right away for Game 1 against the White Sox, as it would mark a remarkable 3 games in 3 days in 3 different time zones. Thanks to the pitching of Paul Byrd the weary sports betting Angels would not stumble in their sleep winning 3-2. Game 2 would be another pitcher's duel as the score was tied 1-1 in the 9th. The game appeared to be heading to extra innings as A.J. Pierzynski struck out to end the inning. However, home plate umpire Doug Eddings ruled Catcher Josh Paul didn't hold the ball, as Pierzynski ran to 1st. With the sports betting Angels fuming the next batter Joe Crede doubled in pinch runner Pablo Ozuna with the winning run. The series would be tied 1-1 heading to Anaheim, where the sports betting Angels would unravel as they dropped all three games, with Sox jumping out to 3-0 in the first innings of Game 3 and Game 4.
NY Yankees | Boston | Toronto | Baltimore | Tampa Bay
Detroit | Minnesota | Chicago White Sox | Cleveland | Kansas City
Oakland | LA Angels | Texas | Seattle
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